I worked at 3M Cogent full-time (Less than a year)
The people make this place a fun and exciting place to work. Being a part of a conglomerate means you have a lot of opportunities to do something different.
There was so much time spent on managing the process, enforcing the process, and ensuring compliance to the rules that not much work is completed during normal business hours.
There is too much focus on the numbers every quarter.
Even though there are a lot of opportunities open, it's very difficult to transfer into a new role without having the old one still attached to you.
Advice to Management
As a division which is part of something vastly bigger, i understand it becomes a numbers game every quarter. However, the employees just need to be able to given an environment where they can work to their fullest potential without worrying about how t he numbers affect their jobs. To be honest, it should be managment's job to worrying about the numbers and come up with creative solutions to achieve them without passing this burden onto their employees; that's why they get the big bucks.
I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at 3M Cogent (New York, NY) in June 2010.
It was a career fair. The hiring manager at Cogent attended. I was the first to interview with him. He reviewed my resume and asked me for examples of how I've succeeded, about the number of places where I've worked. He's referred me in to other places.
Reasons for Declining
It's a hardware job and I was refining my focus to software sales, where I can make more money.